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Le'Veon Bell gets support from Burfict during rehab

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Le'Veon Bell recently posted a picture of himself running on a treadmill as he rehabs from a knee injury suffered in early November.

After posting the picture, the Pittsburgh Steelers running back got some support from a surprising source: the man who caused the injury.

"Good to see you back running, see you next year, bruh," Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict wrote in a direct Twitter message.

Bell replied to Burfict sliding into his DMs, saying he appreciated it and tweeted a picture of the private conversation with the "100" emoji.

The running back suffered an MCL and PCL injury in Week 8 after a hit by Burfict. Steelers players said after the game they believed the linebacker celebrated after knowing he injured Bell. The Bengals refuted that claim.

Burfict was suspended for three games to start the 2016 season for multiple violations of the player-safety policy -- the latest being a hit to the head of Steelers receiver Antonio Brown during the playoffs.

In an interview with ESPN's Jonsina Anderson that aired this week, Burfict said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told him he must start respecting his opponents.

"His info with me is I have to care about my opponent," Burfict said. "And I understand where he's coming from. Because if you care about your opponent, you'll probably play cleaner."

Reaching out to Bell appears to be the beginning stages of Burfict making that change.

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